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Not all Sunscreens are Created Equal.

When it comes to sunscreen, there are many options available on the market, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Understanding the differences between the types of sunscreens can help you make an informed decision when choosing a product to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the various types of sunscreens on the market and the differences between them.

  1. Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation before it can penetrate the skin. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens typically include avobenzone, octinoxate, oxybenzone, and homosalate. These ingredients work together to form a protective barrier on the skin that absorbs and converts UV rays into heat, which is then released from the body.


  • Chemical sunscreens tend to be lightweight and easy to apply.

  • They are often more affordable than physical sunscreens.


  • Chemical sunscreens can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people.

  • They may also be harmful to the environment and marine life, as some of the ingredients can damage coral reefs.

2. Physical Sunscreens

Physical sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens, work by reflecting UV radiation away from the skin. The active ingredients in physical sunscreens typically include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients sit on top of the skin and act as a physical barrier, preventing UV rays from penetrating the skin.


  • Physical sunscreens are less likely to cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.

  • They are also more environmentally friendly, as they do not contain chemicals that can harm coral reefs.


  • Physical sunscreens can be thicker and more difficult to apply than chemical sunscreens.

  • They may leave a white or chalky residue on the skin.

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3. Combination Sunscreens

Combination sunscreens contain both chemical and physical ingredients, offering the benefits of both types of sunscreen in one product. The active ingredients in combination sunscreens vary, but they typically include a mix of avobenzone, octinoxate, oxybenzone, and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.


  • Combination sunscreens offer broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

  • They may be more cosmetically elegant than physical sunscreens alone.


  • Combination sunscreens can still cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.

  • They may be more expensive than other types of sunscreen.

The type of sunscreen you choose depends on your personal preferences and skin type. If you have sensitive skin, physical sunscreens may be the best choice. Combination sunscreens offer the benefits of both types of sunscreen, but they may be more expensive. Regardless of the type of sunscreen you choose, it is important to use it regularly to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation. If you find yourself missing the glowy tan vibes from a good day in the sun, schedule a spray tan at The Natural Aesthetic & Apothecary! Our spray tans are organic, PETA certified, vegan, and gluten free. As an added benefit to the people that are nervous about getting that Donald Trump, cheeto look...not to worry! Our spray tan is very neutral and has an added violet toner and yummy smell. Schedule your spray tan today!

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